Definition of take (or feel) the pulse of in US English:

take (or feel) the pulse of


  • 1Determine the heart rate of (someone) by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery.

    ‘a nurse came in and took his pulse’
    • ‘Or if you feel the pulse of this person, it is not pulsating.’
    1. 1.1 Ascertain the general mood or opinion of.
      ‘he hopped around the country to visit stores and take the pulse of consumers’
      • ‘I was hoping to get a feel for the flow of the votes, to take the pulse of the beating heart that is the life force of American Democracy.’
      • ‘This is a dark, complex, layered film that takes the pulse of modern marriage and finds it racing both with misdirected lust and barely stifled anger.’
      • ‘One good way to take the pulse of the nation is to scan the vast electronic yard sale that is eBay.’
      • ‘Pollsters taking the pulse of the general population use publicly available lists of phone numbers or addresses and randomly sample the nation.’
      • ‘All that ACT can do is change its leader and go to Auckland and say it is taking the pulse of Auckland for the next 2 months.’
      • ‘It's like taking the pulse of the continent's unconscious.’
      • ‘What-ifs were discussed, and we began taking the pulse of the industry differently.’
      • ‘Then you can appreciate Africa Remix for what it is; a well sequenced selection of top quality grooves that takes the pulse of 21st century African roots music and finds it to be in surprisingly rude health.’
      • ‘Indeed, when Kendall takes the pulse of the province, he strays far from the hospital wards to examine such factors as income, education, housing, the environment and even the economy.’
      • ‘Organizations that stop to take the pulse of changing times and adjust their course are better able to move into new periods of growth and prosperity.’